Restaurant Review: Jolly Pumpkin

You know my boyfriend and I are foodies, and love Detroit… so where did we eat this week in Detroit – Jolly Pumpkin. Aside from the JollyPumpkin having great brews (or so I’ve heard – I don’t drink), they have some delicious food like the Truffle Fries with Rosemary Aioli. If I’m going to spoil my clean eating lifestyle with fries I prefer for them to be truffle…yum! To go with the fries we got a South Pacific Pizza which featured bacon, candied pineapple (so good), jalapenos, shaved red onion, chipotle tomato sauce, sesame seeds, scallions and mozzarella – definitely delicious. If you’re hanging in Detroit I highly recommend stopping by the Jolly Pumpkin for pizza and fries. Don’t forget to check out Shinola and Third Man Records next door.

Kroger Prep + Pared: Jerk Chicken

Life gets busy, and that’s why meal-kit companies such as Hello Fresh are becoming the new way to eat. I have considered them before, but between the price and worry of freshness I never jumped onto the bandwagon. If you have been following me this year you know that Kroger released Prep + Pared Meal Kits and I am totally obsessed. You can check out previous meals here, here, and here. Andrew and I have been extremely busy lately, and last weekend we turned to a Kroger Prep + Pared Meal Kit for dinner. We picked the Jerk Chicken, oh my goodness YUM! This might be my favorite meal yet, and I am pretty sure A agrees. While the kit told us to roast the chicken we were dealing with a warm day, and instead decided to grill the chicken on the barbecue – the result was perfection. The heat of the spicy jerk chicken paired perfectly with the cooling sweet mango salsa. Kroger has their own twist on the popular Caribbean dish of callaloo (a stewed leafy green) when they paired kale, onions and crushed red pepper together. We spiced up the kale a little too much for me to handle – so be careful when added the crushed red pepper! Definitely recommend giving this kit a try!

30 Day Plank Challenge

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With summer right around the corner, I am doing everything I can to transform my body. This week I decided to start a 30-day Plank Challenge. Planks are one of the best exercises that you can do for your core, and depending on the type of plank, they can also engage your back, arms, shoulders, hamstrings and glutes. I was recently told a fit healthy person should be able to hold a plank for 120 seconds (2 minutes), I can currently hold a plank for 45 seconds. The 30-day plank challenge is designed to have you holding a 5-minute plank on day 30. After 30 days I will do a post to recap how the challenge went for me, but if you don’t want to wait or want to follow along check out @petitefitnessista on Instagram for daily challenge updates. Also let me know if you’ll be joining me in this challenge!

May Mitten Crate

Mitten Crate delivery day is my favorite day of the month. I absolutely love discovering new (to me) products, especially when they’re made right here in the mitten state. May’s mitten crate was filled with brands that I have never heard of before, so that was super exciting!

Mitten Crate makes an amazing gift for anyone, and comes with a variety of subscription options. I love sending the Mitten Crate to friends and family who are no longer living in Michigan. A monthly subscription is $35 and will renew monthly, however you cancel at anytime. A 3-month subscription is $99 and will renew every 3 months, or you can choose a one time or gift option for $35 plus shipping.

Accidents Happen

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Do you have someone on your side when person injury strikes? If not, that’s definitely something you should look into. Personal injuries can happen at anytime, and if you are not equipped with the right tools the circumstance may get a whole lot worse than it should be. First lets break it down, what are personal injuries? Personal injuries can be any of the following: drunk driver accidents, distracted driver accidents, auto accidents, trucking accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, aviation accidents, wrongful death, spinal cord injury, brain injuries, burns, child injuries, head – neck and back injuries, Florida tourist accidents, slip and fall, dog bites, construction accidents, swimming pool accidents, electrocutions and retirement community lawsuits. If you are injured in an accident you should know your rights and that’s where a personal injury attorney in tampa can help you. During an accident of any kind it can leave you feeling afraid and vulnerable, that’s why it is critical to have someone on your side fighting for you. Car accident? Turn to a Tampa Car Accident Attorney to help you along the way. Even if you think the accident is your fault, an experience accident attorney can examine all the facts and help make the situation a better one for you. Did you know, that you and your insurance company will likely have different perspectives on things, and that is why it is important to never sign or accept anything until your attorney can go over everything with you. Even when something looks like it is good, it might be too good to be true and you could get yourself into a serious situation you shouldn’t be in all because you thought something was okay when it was not. Never feel like you need to handle something alone, there are people out there that have your best interest in mind and want to work with you to get you everything you deserve. Even when you might be to blame, working with a skilled attorney can help ease any situation for you. No matter what your situation is you’ll want someone who can give you experienced legal guidance, I mean really who wants to end up with someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing and puts you in a bigger mess of a situation when that of the accident. Have your ducks in a row before something happens and always be prepared for anything that may come your way.

Apple Cinnamon Dog Treats

80% of the treats Jack eats are homemade by me;  you can find some past favorites (here, here, here and here). With all the pet treat recalls lately I have decided that every Thursday from now until Christmas (except Thanksgiving) I will be sharing homemade dog treat recipes that your pup big or small will absolutely love. Starting with these apple cinnamon cookies.

Apple Cinnamon Canine Cookies
2 1/2 cups flour*
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 medium sized peeled apples pureed*
1 egg
1/3 cup oil (vegetable or canola)
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla (I use a lot you can use less such as 1 teaspoon)
1/2 cup cold water * (as needed)

*flour: I used 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1.5 cups crushed oatmeal (made it flour consistency in my blender). You can also use whole wheat flour (I do not because it gives Jack terrible gas).

* apples: I removed the skin from the apples, cut into pieces and pureed them in my blender. You can also cook them on the stove until they become mush.

* Water: My apples produced enjoy juice I only used a tablespoon of water the first time I did this recipe with honey crisp apples. The second time the apples hardly produced any juice and I used a half a cup of water so just use how much you need for a dough consistency.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
3. Blend flour and cornmeal together in a large mixing bowl.
4. Mix in pureed apple, egg, oil, cinnamon and vanilla.
5. Add water as needed.
6. Flour your workspace and roll dough to desired thickness.
7. Cut treats with cookie cutters. (I used a large apple)
8. Place dog cookies on baking sheet.
9. My cookies were larger and Jack likes softer treats so I baked mine for about 20-25 minutes, depending on thickness. Just cook your until your desired crispness.
10. Once cooled add to Ziplock bags or an airtight container.

Note: I only leave out a few cookies and freeze the rest. They'll last for up to six months when frozen and under a week when left out.

** The above recipe is for treats only, and should not replace your dog's regular meal plans. Any questions about your pets diet should be directed to your vet.

9 Consulting Tips that'll Rock your World

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Consulting is defined as the business of giving expert advice to people working in a professional or technical field. If you are thinking about your starting a consulting business, or hiring a consultant read further as we dive into why. So why would a company hire a consultant? One of the main reasons is so they can get an outside eye on their company. You know how you go to your friends or family for advice sometimes? Companies need to do the same thing, especially when they’re facing tough decisions. Brands turn to consultants to figure out the problems they cannot figure out on their own, or want a second opinion with. Consultants tend to work with many different companies, and more than likely have already gone through the problem your company is facing, therefore they know what worked for someone else and can tweak it to work for you. Some companies have skeleton crews, so when it comes to really important decisions the reality of it is they might not have the manpower to focus on the topic at hand and still have their employees operate their everyday jobs. Consultants are a great way to add temporary help to figure out and solve a problem, they have specialized skills that the companies regular employees may not have. They’re an outside sources that dig into the root of what is going on and problem solve. Have you really ever thought about starting a consulting business? Here are 9 consulting tips that’ll rock your world and get you started:
1. Put in the hours. Through trial and error you’ll learn where you excel, as well as where your issue areas are. Document things; make inspiration boards, read what others are doing. Impressive results will make others flock to you.
2. Showcase yourself as being an expert. Even if you are not an expert, fake it until you make it. You won’t get clients if you just sit back and wait for it to happen. You have to chase it.
3. Prove it to yourself and everyone else that you can do this when you get your first client. No one is going to want to work with you if they don’t know what you’re offering – as a matter of fact no one can hire you if they have no clue what you do. So figure out what your services will be, and let your friends and family know, your social circle etc. Someone will bite and you’ll land your first clients.
4. Getting clients. This is the tricky part, but look to friends, family and your social circle. Once you get one person they can give rave review about you that’ll be passed on, and eventually you’ll have a whole pile of clients waiting to work with you and get your expert help.
5. Brand yourself. Have a professional logo designed so people know who you are.
6. Get a website and social channels. Be social, get your name out there.
7. Show stats and how you have helped others, make charts and have hard facts to back up what you’re saying.
8. Be open to change. You may need to be diverse in what you offer, so be willing to make that change.
9. Use social media. Promote yourself, run ads, run campaigns, plaster your name all over the internet.

Personal Injury

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You never know when an accident is going to happen, I mean they are accidents so it’s not like they’re something you can plan for. Personal injuries can range from auto accidents to dog bites and Hunter Law,P.A. is there for you. So let’s take a moment to talk about some personal injury accidents and what you should be doing.
Car Accidents
What to do at the site of the collision
1. Always call for help, and report the accident.
2. Allow emergency responders to inspect you, before attempting to leave your vehicle.
3. Collect as much information as you can from the crash site.
4. Get the insurance information from the other driver.
5. Get the other drivers license plate number.
6. Take photos from all angles.
7. Contact your insurer.
8. Schedule a medical examination, but all injuries are apparent during the time of the accident (head, neck and spinal injuries usually do not show up right away).

Boating accidents
My boyfriend has a boat, and since I can’t swim he’s worried about having me on the boat and something happening. Me I personally don’t live in the “what if” moment, I live in the actual moment – therefore I’m the one that doesn’t think of what can happen on the water. If it floats there is the potential for something to go wrong from jet skis and yachts to fishing boats and kayaks. Boat operators can be negligent, not to mention drink too much in the hot sun and put their passengers and others in danger. That’s why it’s always important to know of a good personal injury lawyer for those “what if” moments.

Uber accidents
Let’s face it at one time or another we have all used the Uber app, it’s the easiest way to get around – but what happens when your safe ride becomes a not so safe ride? Uber drivers are not immune to the dangerous of the road and have been involved in vehicle and roadside collisions that have injured their passengers or other drivers.  What to know, the Uber may attempt to contact you after the accident, or the driver involved may have you talk to an Uber rep immediately. Provide them with contact information only, do not answer any questions they have about the accident until you have medial attention and spoken to your attorney. Hunter Law, a great place to start if you have an Uber accident claim to make.

Dog Bites
Is this a fear of anyone else’s? I especially have a fear of being bit when I am walking Jackers. Here is what to ask.
1. Who owns the dog?
2. Does the owner have a history of ignoring the dogs and following it to escape and roam free?
3. Was the dog under supervision?
4. Was the dog known by any neighbors to be aggressive?
5. Has the Dog attacked in the past?
6. Is the dog up on it’s shots?

Accidents happen everyday, will you be prepared in the event of an accident?

Five Things

{magical kind of night}
Happy Friday, loves! While my weekend was filled with plenty of fun, I never thought this week would end. So glad the weekend is here, and I can't wait for some outdoor adventures. What are your weekend plans?
 {back to life behind bars}
 {shopping adventures}
 {Vinsetta Garage}
{Get on your feet! Loved this show}

Mitsubishi Outlander

 [i received the Outlander for seven days to test drive. all opinions are my own]

Need room for seven? No problem the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Limited Edition S-AWC. The Mitsubishi Outlander received 24/29 MPG with an average of 26, which is great with the raising gas prices, and summer road trips. The outlander is designed to fit seven with two in the front, three in the middle row and two in the third row. When all seven seats are being used, you still have plenty of legroom and trunk space. One of the things that really surprised me about this vehicle was how smooth of a ride it is. I even had my mum out running errands with me, dodging potholes, going over railroad tracks and roads we know are naturally bumping and she said “wow, I can’t even feel these bumps”. The smooth ride was definitely a very drastic change from my Jeep which features a rougher ride.
Steering wheel mounted controls for your convenience.

Push button start, I am still not a super huge fan of this feature and would much rather have a key – however I am starting to get used to it.

Sunroof, hello lover! Sunroofs are definitely my favorite, and it made traveling to the beach even more fun.

Lots of legroom in the second and third rows, the second row seats move forward and back to give the third row the amount of legroom that they need. To get your passengers to the third row simply pull the button on the middle row seat to move it forward.

Middle and back seating is designed to lay flat to give you even more trunk storage space.

Cargo under-floor storage.

Blind spot detection, which I absolutely love.